As of this morning on July 25, the raging Sand fire has burned more than 33,000 acres in the Santa Clarita area, forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents, according to officials.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department and County Sheriff’s Department said that a mandatory evacuation affecting 10,000 homes and 200 commercial buildings is still in effect. They are imploring homeowners to wait until the evacuation order is lifted before going back to their properties.
Officials are concerned that windy conditions will whip up the flames of the Sand fire and cause it to spread even further. The fast-moving blaze is a product of a five-year drought, low humidity, and extreme temperatures.
Besides reducing many structures to ashes, the Sand fire has also claimed a human life. Officials confirmed that a man’s body was found in a burned sedan in the 26700 block of Iron Canyon road.
More than 2,900 fire personnel from throughout the state are helping battle the blaze, along with 356 engines, 14 dozers, 16 water tenders, 26 helicopters, and two firefighter rescue teams.
“At this time, the cause of the fire is still being investigated,” said a representative of Wilshire Law Firm.